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Date: 06/28/20 11:13
The New Eclipsing the Old
Author: jatlmv

For a short moment, the intersection between new development and old industry/rail lines/spurs, particularly in the cities of the Northeast, can be found.  I think it makes for an interesting comparison, and one can use Google Earth to find these temporary intersection points if one knows where to look, before they are lost to history.  First set of pics in order are Bronx, NY, Long Island City, NY and Brooklyn, NY.



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 06/28/20 11:45 by jatlmv.








Date: 06/28/20 11:16
Re: The New Eclipsing the Old
Author: jatlmv

2nd Set in order; Brooklyn, NY and two from Philadelphia, PA.








Date: 06/28/20 11:18
Re: The New Eclipsing the Old
Author: jatlmv

3rd set in order; 1 & 2 are in Baltimore, MD, #3 Hoboken, NJ.








Date: 06/28/20 11:21
Re: The New Eclipsing the Old
Author: jatlmv

Last set; Long Island City, NY and two more from Brooklyn, NY.








Date: 06/28/20 11:41
Re: The New Eclipsing the Old
Author: atsf121

These are really cool! I would see stuff like this around San Francisco twenty+ years ago, not sure how much is left now.

Nathan

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Date: 06/28/20 12:02
Re: The New Eclipsing the Old
Author: Milwaukee

This tracks in Baltimore sure seem to have been overcomplicated but I'm sure there is an explanation for what we see in this photo. Anyone know the explanation for that layout?



Date: 06/28/20 12:12
Re: The New Eclipsing the Old
Author: 3rdswitch

What a great post. Four and the last are especially neat.
JB



Date: 06/28/20 12:28
Re: The New Eclipsing the Old
Author: daylightdon

I must admit, these photos sadden me. There was a time when America's economy was measured by "carloads" and our products moved almost exclusively by rail.

Are we better off today with 53' trailers and interstates overrun by trucks?



Date: 06/28/20 13:59
Re: The New Eclipsing the Old
Author: wp1801

If all of those tracks were still in use there would be fewer trucks on the highways. It is amazing where rails were laid.



Date: 06/28/20 15:22
Re: The New Eclipsing the Old
Author: tramfan

Milwaukee Wrote:
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> This tracks in Baltimore sure seem to have been
> overcomplicated but I'm sure there is an
> explanation for what we see in this photo.
> Anyone know the explanation for that layout?

The B&O had a lot of Harbor-area tracks due to the number of industries located there. You will probably remember the infamous B&O 0-4-0 #Dockside" engines along with the original Trackmobiles that B&O used for switching.



Date: 06/28/20 15:33
Re: The New Eclipsing the Old
Author: refarkas

Absolutely fascinating.
Bob



Date: 06/28/20 16:02
Re: The New Eclipsing the Old
Author: Theowhitey

Milwaukee Wrote:
> This tracks in Baltimore sure seem to have been overcomplicated but I'm sure there is an
> explanation for what we see in this photo. Anyone know the explanation for that layout?

Your question would be a lot easier to answer had the OP identified the specific location. But I'll take a WAG, and say the Fells Point section of Baltimore, in which case some rails are PRR, others are B&O.
/Ted



Date: 06/28/20 16:15
Re: The New Eclipsing the Old
Author: jatlmv

Yes, it is exactly the Fells Point section of Baltimore.



Date: 06/28/20 16:24
Re: The New Eclipsing the Old
Author: Theowhitey

Theowhitey Wrote:
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> Milwaukee Wrote:
> > This tracks in Baltimore sure seem to have been
> overcomplicated but I'm sure there is an
> > explanation for what we see in this photo.
> Anyone know the explanation for that layout?
>
> Your question would be a lot easier to answer had
> the OP identified the specific location. But I'll
> take a WAG, and say the Fells Point section of
> Baltimore, in which case some rails are PRR,
> others are B&O.
> /Ted

It is indeed Fells Point. The view is looking south on Wolfe Street from Thames Street, towards Henderson's Wharf.
https://www.google.com/maps/@39.2819783,-76.5898298,3a,75y,186.81h,93.51t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sLh8-f7BSl0HgcyZH4-_a2g!2e0!7i16384!8i8192?hl=en
Both railroads served Arundel Concrete.
Map of street trackage in 1977 courtesy B&ORHS' The Sentinel, Sep/Oct 1991.
/Ted




Date: 06/28/20 18:09
Re: The New Eclipsing the Old
Author: jatlmv

That's awesome.  If anyone needs the locations of others, pease post.



Date: 06/28/20 18:13
Re: The New Eclipsing the Old
Author: rrpreservation

Thank you for sharing your discovery!



Date: 06/29/20 06:36
Re: The New Eclipsing the Old
Author: Coalca

What a fascinating post



Date: 06/29/20 07:31
Re: The New Eclipsing the Old
Author: ChrisCampi

I like some of the newer buildings who left the track as a nod to the past or as a design element.
 



Date: 06/29/20 08:12
Re: The New Eclipsing the Old
Author: RailRat

#6 really made an impression to me for some reason, but they all are great!

Reminds me that After personally seeing street trackage like this in the Oakland, and Bay Area, and seeing these photos, I always wondered if there are ties and all under that pavement, how difficult was maintenance, especially at the switches, and why the remnants are still there, instead of being pulled up, or paved over?

Jim Baker
Riverside, CA



Date: 06/29/20 09:07
Re: The New Eclipsing the Old
Author: jatlmv

It was always a maintenance headache. Dirt/rocks/snow/ice/garbage, plows would hit the rails & switch points, etc. The remnants seem to stay in place until they need to be removed, it seems cheaper to leave things until you need to fix or replace them.



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